SOBEWFF: Sweet 16
At 16, the Food Network and Cooking Channel South Beach Wine and Food Festival is coming of age in a big way: 85+ events over a five-day weekend throughout South Florida. From new dining events – an all-truffle experience, a vegan dinner, Kosher BBQ, a journey through North Carolina cuisine – plus spirits showcases like the Bacardí Beach Party, the Art of Tiki, this year’s event is more fun than ever. We talked with Schrager about this year’s highlights:
Tell us about Taste Fort Lauderdale, returning with a great lineup. Fort Lauderdale has a thriving dining scene; and if the success of last year’s inaugural Taste Fort Lauderdale Series is any indication, it’s a market that can satiate the appetites of visitors from near and far.
Lots of star power here – especially Neil Patrick Harris/David Burtka for brunch on Oscar Sunday! and there’s the fun local Cocktail Time Machine event at FAT Village with food trucks curated by Burger Beast. We definitely want to showcase the versatility of the area’s culinary culture – between the restaurants featured at the Seaside Eats kick-off event hosted by Anne Burrell at Bonnet House, to the DRINK Fort Lauderdale event showcasing both the food truck and cocktail scene, plus several star-studded dinner experiences and the Bloody Mary Brunch – there’s something that is a fit for everyone.
What else is new? We’re looking forward to all of the events as part of the year’s Taste Fort Lauderdale Series, and I think people will find the Point Royal Clambake at Geoffrey Zakarian’s new spot at the Diplomat Resort & Spa to be a truly special seafood-focused dinner party. For those checking out our signature Miami Beach events, we’re excited to partner with nightlife guru Dave Grutman to present a brand new experience – the David Grutman Experience – on Sunday, February 26 at our Goya Foods’ Grand Tasting Village.
Feb. 22-26 • Miami, Miami Beach, Fort Lauderdale